ALT-FEST: one month to go... come to see us live for the last time!
July 15, 2014, 07:35:am
I guess this is a situation where the subject really "says it all": Alt-Fest is exactly in one month, and it will be the last XP8 concert - at least for the foreseeable future.
Over the past years it became more and more difficult to book shows, and this is the first time in our career where we don't have anything booked after this one... sadly, it also seems like nothing is going to magickally appear either.
So come to see us at Alt-Festfor one last big party together: we'll make sure it's going to be a memorable one!
One year after the successful release of Adrenochrome and its follow-up remix EP, Meathead’s Lost HD, we are back and ready to unleash the Alchemy Series: three EPs planned to be released no more than six months to each other, an non-stop audio assault that will once again set aflame the alternative dancefloors worldwide with its mixture of old and new influences from the classic sounds of trance to the modern beats of EDM.
Three releases as three are the phases of the Alchemical process, said to transform the lower metals such as lead into gold, and which is nothing else but a veiled allegory of the initiatory path from man to Godhead.
The journey starts on June 6th, 2014 with One Of Three: Nigredo.
Nigredo, or blackness, in alchemy means putrefaction or decomposition. The alchemists believed that as a first step in the pathway to the philosopher's stone all alchemical ingredients had to be cleansed and cooked extensively to a uniform black matter. In analytical psychology, the term became a metaphor 'for the dark night of the soul, when an individual confronts the shadow within'.
Four new songs, no filler: see you on the dancefloor.
FREE SONG DOWNLOAD free song download for the 17 years of VP
January 09, 2014, 09:33:am
Last New Year's Eve was also the last Vampire Party ever, held in its original location in Antwerp, Belgium. After 17 years and due to the dwindling attendance, another classic party here in Europe closed its doors, and it's even sadder since in May 2013 the Vampire Party Live event was super successful and it seemed possible to breathe new life into the goth/ebm/industrial scene in Belgium... but instead, it was its swan song.
With XP8 we wrote this song as the official VP Theme, which was supposed to be released in a USB stick and given to the crowds of VP Live 2014: instead, here it is as free download.
He gets up from his desk and walks the window.
It’s been two years since he’s decided to swap his boring view of Kobe port with a rendition of Shin-Iwaki. Well, maybe not a faithful reproduction of the present state of his native town, but the nano-LEDs embedded in his windowpane glass show him what it will eventually look like, once the post-meltdown reconstruction works end.
He looks out and sighs, he’s engulfed in a whirlwind of emotions so foreign to him that mostly he’s aware of his surprise of feeling so much, so deeply.
Watching the live feed of the girl running away, escaping his extraction team, he had felt the sharp taste of panic rising to his throat, but it had since subsided to something else, something warped and new: his brain producing a bio-chemical remix to re-interpret his original state.
An alert flash in his glasses and he jacks in again:
[Yes, McGee, I do hope you have finally have some good news for me, yes?]
[Err, no Sir, unfortunately the trail on the two targets has gone cold. We were able to detain the facilitator though. Roland Baker, AKA Meathead, AKA TwoDee, AKA… yes Sir, sorry, he’s a local hacker and Milner and Fox are interrogating him at the moment.]
He walks back to his chair and slouches down noisily. It’s so out of character, and he attributes his changes to all his recent dealing with uncouth gaijin.
[McGee, your company is proving to be a rather disappointing choice of contractor on our part. At least don’t fail to keep me informed of any development in the search and the questioning.]
[Yes Sir, absolutely... Actually, we retrieved a data storage device when apprehending the facilitator. I’s just a few TB of encrypted material, but I imagine you would be interested in having it checked out?]
As everyone will remember, on May 2013 we ran our first fundraiser to put together the budget to print Adrenochrome as a deluxe digipack.
Among the many perks we offered, there was one that went something like "let's collaborate and write a song together": Gerry and Jadei of Hope Estheim bought that straight away, and Heartless Disaster is the result of that collaboration - and one of our best songs to date.
With a great remix by Studio-X to boost, you can download it for free (or pay how much you want for it) on our Bandcamp as well as Hope Estheim's!